Ellington War Memorial


Heritage Category:
Listed Building
List Entry Number:
Date first listed:
Statutory Address:
Churchyard of the Church of All Saints, High Street, Ellington, Cambridgeshire, PE28 0AB


Ordnance survey map of Ellington War Memorial
© Crown Copyright and database right 2019. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024900.
© British Crown and SeaZone Solutions Limited 2019. All rights reserved. Licence number 102006.006.
Use of this data is subject to Terms and Conditions.

The above map is for quick reference purposes only and may not be to scale. For a copy of the full scale map, please see the attached PDF - 1456855 .pdf

The PDF will be generated from our live systems and may take a few minutes to download depending on how busy our servers are. We apologise for this delay.

This copy shows the entry on 21-Oct-2019 at 00:45:15.


Statutory Address:
Churchyard of the Church of All Saints, High Street, Ellington, Cambridgeshire, PE28 0AB

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

Huntingdonshire (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:


First World War memorial unveiled in 1920.

Reasons for Designation

Ellington War Memorial, which is situated in the churchyard to the north of the Church of All Saints, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Historic interest:

* as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this local community, and the sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* as a well-executed stone obelisk.

Group value:

* with the Church of All Saints (Grade I), tombs within the churchyard (Grade II) and buildings to the north including The Mermaid, The Stores and Oakley Cottage (all Grade II-listed).


The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England. This was the result of both the huge impact on communities of the loss of three quarters of a million British lives, and also the official policy of not repatriating the dead which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss. One such memorial was raised at Ellington as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

Ellington War Memorial was unveiled in 1920. A Roll of Honour can also be found inside the church.


First World War memorial unveiled in 1920.

DESCRIPTION: Ellington War Memorial is located in the churchyard to the north of the Church of All Saints (Grade I-listed).

The memorial takes the form of an obelisk rising from a pedestal with a moulded collar and foot on a single stepped base. The north face of the pedestal reads ERECTED/ IN HONOUR OF/ (NAMES)/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918. The east face bears the inscription PASS NOT THIS STONE IN SORROW/ BUT IN PRIDE/ AND MAY YOU LIVE AS NOBLY/ AS THEY DIED. On the south face of the memorial is the inscription ALSO/ IN MEMORY OF/ (NAME)/ WHO DIED AT COLOGNE/ WHILE SERVING WITH THE/ ARMY OF OCCUPATION, while the west face reads THEY DIED/ FOR LIBERTY AND HONOUR.


Ellington War Memorial, accessed 28 September 2017 from www.roll-of-honour.com/Huntingdonshire/Ellington.html
War Memorials Online, accessed 28 Sept 2017 from http://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/node/122249
War Memorials Register, accessed 28 Sept 2017 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/201


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

End of official listing

Your Contributions

Do you know more about this entry?

The following information has been contributed by users volunteering for our Enriching The List project. For small corrections to the List Entry please see our Minor Amendments procedure.

The information and images below are the opinion of the contributor, are not part of the official entry and do not represent the official position of Historic England. We have not checked that the contributions below are factually accurate. Please see our terms and conditions. If you wish to report an issue with a contribution or have a question please email [email protected].